Interpol issues swine flu spam warning
The international police organisation Interpol has issued a warning about the potential for criminals to exploit the swine flu outbreak through spam emails and websites selling illegal, unlicensed or fake medicines. The organisation based in Lyon, France, which has 187 member countries over five continents, said internet security firms were reporting that 3-4% of spam […]
DH delays 084 number decision
The Department of Health has delayed making a decision on whether it should ban the use of 084 numbers in the NHS in England. The DH launched a four month consultation on the use of 084 numbers in December and promised to publish its response to the consultation by the end of April. However, last […]
No National Flu Line until autumn
A telephone and web-based National Flu Line service to offer advice and authorise access to antiviral medicines in the event of a pandemic will not be ready until the autumn, the Department of Health has admitted.
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Tories would ‘end monopoly’ of NHS Choices
The Conservative Party would remove NHS Choices from Department of Health control and force it to compete on the same terms as other healthcare information providers. In a document promising An NHS Information Revolution to Save Lives, the party says NHS Choices is failing to get adequate information to managers, clinicians and patients and that […]
World’s first kids medical website announced
Medikidz has announced it will launch the world’s first dedicated children’s medical website in July.
Doctors call for Google to change ad policies
Doctors are calling on internet search engine Google to change its advertising policies to prevent links to unproven remedies appearing when patients search for medical information.
GP2GP hits half a million transfers
More than 500,000 electronic patient records have now been transferred between GP practices using GP2GP software, NHS Connecting for Health has announced. The achievement of 500,000 record transfers between practices is the latest milestone for the project which covers more than 5,000 GP practices in England. The scheme currently only involves practices using EMIS LV […]
Patients to rate GPs’ appearance online
A new online ranking site is set to be launched offering a fresh twist on ‘rate-my-doc’ services by allowing patients to rate their GP in terms of attractiveness, dress sense and personal hygiene. The new service will for the first time give patients choice over how ‘hot’ their GP is, with family doctors rated on […]
Personal appearance dropped for SCR opt-out
NHS Connecting for Health has dropped the requirement for patients to appear in person if they wish to opt out of having a Summary Care record.